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‘Slang’ is an English term which is sometimes used erroneously to refer to what in Arabic is termed al-ʿāmmiyya or ad-dārija or al-lahja, i.e. linguistic entities which are more appropriately referred to in English as colloquials or dialects. A more precise correspondence to the English term ‘slang’ might be the Arabic term sīm or the phrase raṭāna ʿāmmiyya. The former term is more closely akin to a very limited and specific form of slang which in English is termed ‘argot’ or ‘cant’ (also ‘lingo’), while the latter phrase captures that aspect of slang…

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John C. Eisele, “Slang”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0310>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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